Hey Lifecoast church!
Today is day 5 of our 21 days of prayer and fasting! I’m so excited to see what God is going to do through these next 16 days of prayer. I know he is going to do amazing things and it will blow our minds!
I wanted my devotion to follow our Lifecoast Bible reading plan, and today we are reading from 1 Samuel 14. In this chapter Israel is fighting the Philistines. Focusing on verses 1-15, the Israelites are hiding anywhere they could. While they were sitting there hiding and waiting, Jonathan is probably thinking about the story of Shamgar, and how he killed 600 people with just a sharp stick. (If you don’t believe me read Judges 3:31) Jonathan probably thought, “Well, if God could do it through Shamgar, He could do it through me!” God had also promised to do great things for Israel. He promised that Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. (Leviticus 26:8) He’d won great victories against great odds before. So Jonathan says to his armor-bearer “come, lets go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few. (verse 6) Jonathan says to his armor-bearer we will let them see us and if they say, Wait there until we come to you, we will wait and not go up. But if they say come up to us; we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the Lord has given them into our hands.
Jonathan is showing wisdom, not unbelief. To this point, he is not acting on a specific, confirmed word from God. Instead, he is following the bold hope and impression of his heart. He is humble enough to know his heart might be wrong on this day, so Jonathan asks God to guide him.
So Jonathan and his armor-bearer both show themselves and the Philistines shout out to them, come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson. Jonathan went up with his armor-bearer behind him, When Jonathan got to the top, the Philistines fell before Jonathan and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.
Jonathan is prompted by faith. Significantly, he does not demand to know the whole battle plan from God in advance. He is willing to take it one step at a time, and let God plan it out. Faith is being willing to let God know the whole plan and only know our part one step at a time.
During these 21 days I want us to step out in faith and give it all to God and see what happens. When we step out in faith like Jonathan, God will kill any enemies we have in front of us, whether that be addiction, relationships, or anything else holding us back from him.
You can do this! Love you Lifecoast!